It’s 11:30 pm. You should ideally be counting sheep. Instead, you’re up reading the latest story on Vice, contemplating on which room to join on Clubhouse, stalking your ex or rearranging your photos and segregating them into folders (or is that just me?). Point is, the average indian spends more than eight hours staring at our digital screens. While that’s understandable, it’s important to take time out of work emails, text messages and just social media in general— it’s crucial to identify the consequences of blue light exposure can have mainly on your brain, body, skin and your under eyes. While I don't have the skill set to advise you on the former, I can definitely recommend a few products to take care of the health of your skin and under eyes before it’s too late. I’ve also slipped in a few tips that have helped me personally too.
Ahead, a list of products that commit, work, protect and deliver.
Constant exposure to your screens can cause premature skin ageing. This eye gel from Estee Lauder’s iconic night repair range is a peachy-taupe formula whipped with anti-aging properties that keep the delicate skin under your eyes young and moisturized (and help you fake a full night's rest).
Sunscreen is important. Read that again. You need a good mineral-based sunscreen infused with zinc oxide for this to work. The zinc oxide forms a protective seal over the skin that shields you from the blue light. It also helps reduce dark spots and fine lines. This product by La Shield is the brand’s bestseller and also highly recommended by leading industry experts. So yes, it’s worth getting yourself this tube.
The Pink Foundry’s daily moisturizer is designed to strengthen your skin's surface and protect it from visible signs of aging that occur due to heavy blue light from your televisions, phones and laptops. This cruelty-free product contains potent ingredients that work to energize and hydrate super fatigued skin. Also, look at the packaging— will you?
I could name a hundred reasons why I highly recommend this product by Colorbar. This serum oil is specifically formulated for blue light defense, it’s a gender neutral formula and it’s vegan— to name a few. It’s a heavy-duty orange non-greasy elixir that has multiple skincare benefits made good-for-you omega-rich oils like argan, rosehip and chamomile oil. Also, if you haven’t tried this already, switch your phone to night mode. It reduces blue light exposure significantly.
Straight after cleansing, slap on this eye cream crafted with freshly squeezed jeju and green tea seeds that promise a plush dose of moisture for your eye area. This Nykaa Femina Beauty Award 2020 winner is also rich in amino acids, minerals and antioxidants to give that extra dose of hydration after a long, stressful day. Formulas by Innisfree are generally just great for sensitive skin.